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Law of agency. It is concerned with a set of contractual, quasi-contractual and non-contractual fiduciary relationships that involve a person, called the agent, that is authorized to act on behalf of another (called the principal) to create legal relations with a third party.

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Is the bus driver forced to break a law when allocated more students than the maximum capacity of the bus?

At the high school I go to, our school district's transportation department (likely due to budget reasons) has allocated more students onto one bus than its maximum capacity, resulting in kids sitting ...
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Can a corporation refuse to know things its agents know?

I called in to tell a company something. The people I could reach on the phone are definitely agents of the company, and they definitely got my message. But they told me that they couldn't internally ...
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How does the law decide who a computer is?

Is there any established logic for deciding who (software author, computer owner, local user, person who sent a remote command, etc.) is responsible for the actions of a computer? Say that 1000 copies ...
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Can I make an intermediate copy of an entire work for the purpose of enabling me to criticize it?

A recent question asked about the practice of transcribing music for hire. Say I would like to publish a critical analysis of a song. In the process of preparing this analysis I need to actually ...
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Has agency law been tested against LLM backed agents?

As more and more companies replace humans with large language model backed generative AIs (e.g. ChatGPT), I was curious to know if there have been any lawsuits (or compelling legal papers) addressing ...
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Accepting online contracts on behalf of a corporation

I use a computer and the Internet for work. I use a lot of software that is licensed to my employer. Say some software licensed to my employer pops up its license on my employer's computer and demands ...
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How can an agent represent more than one principal without receiving secret commissions?

Let's suppose an agent wishes to sell products on behalf of an indefinite number of principals and the principals are all direct competitors manufacturing the same kind of widgets. How might the agent ...
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Sale of principal's tickets by an agent above face value

If a ticket seller who is engaged as the agent of a production company (principal) sells some of the tickets at a higher price than the production company sets and pockets the difference, can the ...
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Am I responsible for accidental damage done by an electrician?

If I hire an electrician to do some job, and he caused a fire at the house. Am I also somehow legally responsible for the accident because I hired him and not another electrician, who might have been ...
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Can I store the names of arbitrary business associates in my CRM system?

I'm running an agency and I would like to store the names of employees of my client's companies to help me build client relationships. For example, "Gina works on reception." Is this allowed ...
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Power of Attorney Process Between 2 Individuals residing in Different states

Can my brother in Florida give me his Power of Attorney when I reside in North Carolina, not Florida?
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"diamond" ♦ moderators and the law of agency

Are our moderators (♦) legally considered agents of Stack Exchange, Inc. from the standpoint of other non-moderator community members? I've reviewed the moderator agreement, and note it says: I ...
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As a non-US person, what license may I have to use public materials from agencies of US government?

I want to reuse a gif published in this website of this US government agency. I don't see any copyright statement anywhere, except a link to Freedom of Information Act. In my vague understanding of ...
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What is the liability of an escrow agent who failed to do his job?

This question is a followup to this question regarding a failed. building purchase. The seller's attorney had agreed to be the escrow agent for the transaction. That is, he was supposed to receive the ...
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Can someone from a non-English speaking country and university apply for universities inside Canada or US without TOEFL or IELTS? [closed]

Someone at OneKeyVisa immigration agency told my friend that she can apply for and get accepted to US universities and get her Student Visa without any English test scores and then request some ...
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Authority to write Letter of Intent

I work as a casual (non permanent) employee of an organisation, and the manager has asked me to write a letter of intent to send to a third party to outline intent to do something that has about a 50% ...
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Do any states provide legal authority for administrative agents to perform official state actions when they are "not working"?

Context: A state OSHA compliance officer drives onto private property in an unmarked vehicle, exits their vehicle, announces "who's in charge?", then states that they are "not working"; that they just ...
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Can a plaintiff sue a party that would be foreseeably be impleaded by defendant

E.g. in an agency situation, where the causes of action arise from the defendant's agent's negligence/fraud, can the plaintiff directly sue both the defendant-principal & his agent? Since the ...
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Can the broker-agent of a landlord be construed as party to a leasing contract? [NY]

The leasing contract bears the broker's name, under "broker", and not as a signatory. Is there an agency law ground (or some other) to make the contract enforceable against the broker (given no ...
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Is it legal and what are liabilities for a freelancer/contractor to be responsible for employees and equipment?

This is in India. If the bosses of a startup go out of state on business purposes, would they legally be able to delegate responsibility of their office premises to a freelancer who is there to build ...
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Exceptions to vicarious liability

I know that the employer of an independent contractor cannot be held liable for negligence of the contractor under vicarious liability, but are there any other such situations where the employer would ...
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